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The brilliant and whimsical Kim has submitted a music video for the Moby song Wait for Me. Not quite sure how to embed it on this post as, embarrassingly enough, I’m actually quite the blogging Luddite (if I’m permitted an oxymoron). But you can read Kim’s description below as an appetiser.
This is the story of a homeless pencil – who desires a diamond – and its journey through a “day” which is symbolic of its troubles. The pencil hopes the diamond will be patient and still be there after it cleans up its act. What sex or race is the pencil? Well I wanted it to be non-specific although it did end up leaning in a certain direction… you can decide for yourself. I’ve recently engaged with a couple of homeless people and that was partly an inspiration for this video – they seem to exist in a different time frame while the world goes by relentlessly. The song’s music and lyrics conjured up the story you see. It’s a dark tune but has moments of hope in it. I feel that we are somewhat – I say only somewhat – desensitised to images of people in the media, and in real life, who are in trouble, suffering or lost in some way. I wanted to explore a way that would encourage people to think and react to such people perhaps from a new perspective. Graphite and diamond are both made of the same thing – carbon – so at the end of the day the pencil is an equal to the diamond.
If your interest is piqued, click here to check out the video. I mean, you don’t *have* to vote for Kim; I’m pretty certain Moby’s gonna pick her video. But I voted for her, just in case he has a stupid day.
If you are inspired to vote, it’s not difficult; once you’ve clicked on Kim’s video on the Genero.tv website you don’t need to sign up or anything, just enter your email address. And if you’d like to spread the word, you can invite your friends to check out her video via the Facebook event page. Or follow Kim on Twitter on @homelesspencil.
Here’s what a couple of people who’ve already voted for her had to say:
“Really liked the vid and was thus able to vote with clear conscience. G’luck”
“Brillo. Poignant. Voted.”
Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC Youth League spokesperson, Nyiko Floyd Shivambu, came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at the City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on Constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa. We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.
The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.
We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and the ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but an insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the Youth League President.
We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other Constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.
For Kevin Bloom’s story on The Daily Maverick yesterday about Sipho Hlongwane’s campaign, click here.
Since I don’t have any time in my days (or nights, for that matter) to write a proper blog post, I thought I’d treat my readers to a spot of urbaning*:
1. A cute, smart, talented girl. She’s really cool and can find humour in almost anything. Everyone likes her. She has a beautiful smile and pretty eyes.
Theresa is too cool for school.
2. Spelled “Theresa”, it was ranked as the 717th most popular name for girls born in 2006, down from 226th in 1992. (It ranked 65th in 1950, and 102nd in 1900.) The name implies one who is destined to work hard, but who will receive great bounty for her efforts. Hot – as people call it, pretty, cute, beautiful, humorous, talented, a hard-to-hate sort of girl. The one that everybody likes. The name St Therese, Theresa, or Teresa – no particular way of spelling it** – means little flower; a flower representing beauty and grace.
“I will let fall from heaven a shower of roses.” – St Therese.
Theresa, with her natural beauty and grace, will become a woman who changed life as it is.
** Um, I’d beg to differ. I’m very particular indeed about how people spell my name. And about how they pronounce it, for that matter.
Ja, so I changed the name of my blog, again. Gotta say where I’m at, don’t I? Devoid of inspiration for a tag line though, so if anyone has any witty/silly/punchy suggestions (or, preferably, one suggestion that combines all three elements), bing them this way.
You might have been wondering why you haven’t heard from me lately. No, it’s not because I hate you. It’s because I’ve been moerse busy. Here’s what’s been happening in my world this year.
I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to the cricket. It rained. I drank a lot. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I lost my phone. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I ate sushi at Bice. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I bought a new phone. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. Pim snuck ahead of me in watching The Wire. It poured. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I went to work. It rained. I had my hair cut. I went to work*. Luckily it didn’t rain that day.
*Actually, I have been to work loads more times than I said, but I didn’t want to bore you with repetition.
Been a while since I´ve done a dodgy DVD post, but to my delight my housemate came home today with a choice selection of them (dodgy DVDS, that is, not blog posts). This one seems quite a tangle to decode. I get the gist, but the finer details of the plot escape me: is all the action really occuring only in the viewer´s mind? I invite my readers* to offer their interpretation of what the blurb (if you can call it a blurb if it´s not on the back of a book), is actually trying to impart. The comment box awaits.
AS A CAUSE OF THE MEN HAD BEEN, GERMANY CUTTINGS RICK CHARLES (IDRIS ELBA
DECORATION) IS THE OFFICE THE ENVY OF MEN AND WOMEN. IN AFTER THE SUCCESS-
FUL COMPLETION OF A CASE, CHARLES IS ALSO ABLE TO BE THE OWNER OF THE GIFT
PROMOTIONS AND PAY RISES. VIRTUOUS WIFE AND TENDER CHARLES SHARON
(BEYONCE DECORATED IN SILK) AS WELL AS HER HUSBAND IN THEIR CAREERS TO
CREATE A BOLD A VERY WARM AND HAPPY FAMILY.
WHILE RICK CHARLES DE CRUMBS IN THE BOSS AND HIS WIFE OF CARRYING THE
SUPPORT OF A BIG TIME, THE OFFICE OF A BLOND BEAUTY OF THE SUDDEN APPEAR-
ANCE OF A SUDDEN, TEMPORARY CHANGE IN THE WORK OF CHARLES AND LIVES. THE
SHERIDAN (PLAYED) EMPLOYEES OF THE BEAUTY, AND THE NEW BOSS OF THE INITIAL
CONTACT WITH CHARLES ON THE BIG REVEAL AMBIGUOUS FEELINGS, EVEN IN THE
SERIES OF EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE WORK OF A FEW DAYS, THE BLONDE LISA IS
THE EXHAUSTION OF ALL MEANS OR EVEN THEIR OWN BODIES ON THE IMPLEMENTA-
TATION OF CHARLES THOROUGHLY SEDUCED, SEXY WOMAN IN THE CONTINUING OFFEN-
SIVE, THE MARRIED MAN DEREK CHARLES FINALLY THE COLLAPSE OF THE LINE, AND
THE BEAUTIFUL FIGURE OF HIS WIFE ALSO DISAPPEARED THE MOMENT IN MY MIND …
* Carla, that means you, although I will also welcome other comments!
T: Have you checked out my new blog yet?
Nim: Um, yes…
T: Did you like it?
Nim: Ja, it is, um, cool…
T: What is it about?
Nim: Your life in Dubai and shit?
If any of you are also still labouring under the misapprehension that my new blog is about my life in Dubai, you might want to click here… To Nim´s credit, he did like the new blog when I forcibly showed it to him, and is going to be our hair sharing man in the Eastern Cape.